When buying an SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), most prospective car owners will ask: “Which crossover is the most economical?” Because this indicator plays one of the key roles in today’s difficult economic environment, and the cost of car ownership is directly dependent on it.
Best Crossover Rating Based on Fuel Consumption
It should be noted that only cars with a basic gasoline engine participated in this study.
So, in 10th place is the “Japan” Mitsubishi Outlander. In fact, this is a utilitarian SUV and sports car. Two in one, that is. Compared to competitors in its class, it looks more attractive thanks to qualities such as four-wheel drive, sporty-active appearance, spacious interior, roomy luggage, and of course a fairly economical engine.
The base engine is a 2.0 liter engine with a capacity of 146 horsepower, which works in conjunction with a continuously variable CVT. With this “fill” and in a two-wheel drive version, this SUV consumes 7.7 and 9.8 liters of fuel / 100km respectively in combined and urban cycles.
The Outlander initial configuration equipment, intended for the Russian market, received rain and light sensors, ABS and EBD systems. And safety is provided by two front airbags, a 3-point belt and a head holder.
- The volume of the trunk is 477 liters.
- Ground clearance is 215 mm.
- Cost from $ 24,260.
One step lower in the TOP-10 most economical crossovers, surveyed owners also placed a representative of the Japanese auto industry – the Nissan Rogue. Note that the company positions this model as a complete SUV. Because of this, almost all car owners call excellent off-road capability, a durable chassis, high-quality finishing materials, as well as an ergonomic interior, in which nothing is superfluous, among its main advantages.
Engine In the basic version, the Rogue for our country is equipped with an “aspirated” 150-horsepower with a working volume of 2.0 liters. The transmission is a continuously variable transmission. With this equipment and all-wheel drive, fuel consumption in mixed conditions is 7.5 liters, and in cities it is 9.4 liters.
Equipment In the most affordable version, the Nissan Rogue receives a multi-function steering wheel, dual zone temperature control, heated seats and external mirrors, heated windshields, power windows, remote-controlled central locking and an audio system.
- The volume of the trunk is 497 liters.
- Ground clearance is 210 mm.
- Cost from $ 23,454.
In addition to the economical power unit, the South Korean Kia Sportage SUV has the assertiveness and proper environmental performance. Also, “Korea” has everything at the right level, be it safety or comfort. Therefore, if you look at Korean car manufacturers, then you cannot find a better model. In addition, Sportage continues to follow various rankings and has won more than 30 awards for achievements in various fields.
Engine The under-the-hood version we are considering is 150 horsepower with a volume of 2.0 liters. In conjunction with all-wheel drive, the cross “eats up” 8.2 liters in the mix and 10.9 liters in urban conditions.
Equipment In the list of standard Sportage equipment appears: driver seat arrangement, power windows, air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel, Bluetooth module and an audio system with six speakers.
- The volume of the trunk is 466 liters.
- Clearance to the ground is 182 mm.
- Cost from $ 19,727.
Volkswagen Tiguan is an urban SUV, its main advantages are the following qualities: reliability, practicality, comfort, efficiency and dynamics. Apart from the above, the crossover is considered the safest in its class, and this is confirmed by the 5 stars Euro NCAP received. During its existence, this “Germany” repeatedly won various ranks, including as the most purchased SUV in the United States
The engine of the Tiguan version discussed for the US market is a 125 horsepower 1.4 liter turbo engine. The power unit works in conjunction with a seven-speed robotic transmission. With such a bundle, a car needs 6.8 liters of gasoline per 100 km of tracks in one combined cycle, and 8.8 liters for one city cycle.
The Tiguan’s basic gear list includes lightweight 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, LED taillights, a multi-function steering wheel trimmed in genuine leather, paddle shifters, heated front seat rows, heated nozzles and electric adjustments to the driver’s seat.
- The volume of the trunk is 615 liters.
- Ground clearance is 190 mm.
- Cost from $ 22,103.
By creating this car, the developers wanted to create a compact urban SUV that offers comfort and practicality to its owner at a relatively low price. And the company, to be honest, does it. And despite its small size, the cross has a large interior. Of course, the CR-V is not intended for “serious” off-road driving, if only into the countryside or into the woods on a dirt road. But whoever says, this model’s off-road training is way better than a regular sedan.
Under the hood the configuration we are considering is a 2.0 liter displacement engine with 150 horsepower. The continuously variable variator acts as a transmission, transmitting torque to both axles. With this equipment, the fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 7.5 liters, and in the city it is already 9.8 liters.
Equipment already on the “base” CR-V, which is aimed at the United States market, receives a row of heated front seats, electric propulsion and heated outside mirrors, cruise control, light sensors, and eight airbags.
- The volume of the trunk is 522 liters.
- Ground clearance is 208 mm.
- Cost from $ 30,035.
The Japanese SUV Nissan Qashq is named after an ancient Arab nomadic tribe. From this we conclude that the company’s management was originally aimed at buyers who like to relax and actively travel.
And, based on the sales results, the company was right, because immediately after the appearance of the model on the market, it established itself in the rankings of the most popular crossovers both in the United States market and in other markets of the country. Among the significant advantages are the high driver’s seat position, well-tuned suspension, comfortable and ergonomic interior, decent handling, and of course, efficiency.
In its most affordable configuration, the Qashqai is powered by a 2.0 liter naturally aspirated engine that produces 144 horsepower. The stepless variableator creates a partner for it. With this unit, it takes 7.3 liters of fuel and 9.6 liters in urban conditions for every 100 kilometers of track in mixed conditions.
The equipment list for the initial Qashqai configuration for our country includes: LED street lights, adjustment of the steering wheel for height and reach, heated front seat rows, side mirrors, power accessories, central locking with remote control, air conditioning and audio system.
- The volume of the trunk is 430 liters.
- Ground clearance is 200 mm.
- Cost from $ 18,000.
Many years have passed since its entry into the Japanese Subaru Forester all-wheel drive crossover market, and during its existence the SUV has grown in popularity every year. The secret to the popularity of this car lies in the large ground clearance, spacious interior, spacious luggage compartment and rich equipment.
Among other things, buyers’ interest in the model was driven by a combination of the characteristics of an economical boxer engine and permanent all-wheel drive. At its core, the Subaru Forester is a cross between a complete SUV and a compact station wagon.
In the engine compartment of the design we are considering, there is a gasoline engine with a working volume of 2.0 liters, capable of producing 150 horsepower. The power unit cooperates exclusively with the continuously variable variator and permanent all-wheel drive. Armed like that, Forester “eats” a hundred in a mix of 7.2 and 9.0 liters in the urban cycle.
Already in the basic version, the Subaru Forester for the US market is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, first-row heating, electric driver seat arrangement, a multimedia complex with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display and 4 speakers.
- The volume of the trunk is 505 liters.
- Ground clearance is 220 mm.
- Cost from $ 29,202.
The Japanese Toyota RAV4 of the fifth generation has occupied the niche of a stylish urban crossover, with characteristics that only a few words from the manufacturer use: adventure, refined. Translated into our language, we get roughly “adventure” and “grace”.
The exterior design of the RAV4 is made according to the company’s concept, which is characterized by its gentle and brutal styling solutions. With a display like that, the crossover looks no less fitting both in urban forests and outside cities. In addition, the developer pays special attention to the interior, making it safe and comfortable for both the driver and passengers.
The RAV4 equipment under discussion accepts a 2.0 liter petrol engine with a capacity of 149 horsepower. Continuous variable variable is used as transmission. Drive is full. With this armament, the SUV consumes 6.7 and 8.2 liters per 100 km of track, respectively, in combined and urban cycles.
The standard equipment list includes temperature control, electric parking brake, audio system with MP3, power accessories, heated front row seats, heated side mirrors and a 7-inch multimedia complex display.
- The volume of the trunk is 580 liters.
- Ground clearance is 195 mm.
- Cost from $ 24,273.
The leader in the ranking of the most economical crossovers presented in the US is the Japanese Mazda CX-5. This model is the lightest and most aerodynamic in its class, which is why it occupies a leading position in all types of ratings for efficiency and environmental friendliness.
In addition, the cross accepts a fairly transformable and spacious interior, for decoration using only high-quality materials. And most of the car owners surveyed also recognize it as the best family crossover, because it is not without reason that as soon as it appeared on the US market, it was awarded the title of the most popular model of the Japanese brand Mazda.
Mazda CX-5 is equipped with 2.0 liter petrol engine with 150 “horses” from Sky Active family. The power unit works with a 6 speed automatic transmission. With this equipment, the fuel consumption of the crossover in the combined cycle is 6.8 liters, and in the city – 8.7 liters.
Already in the basic configuration, the car receives power accessories, front row seat heating, leather braided multi-function steering wheel and gear lever, multifunctional TFT screen, cruise control and many other useful functions.
- The volume of the trunk is 442 liters.
- Ground clearance is 192 mm.
- Cost from $ 22,048.
However, the official website of the manufacturer often shows inaccurate data on fuel consumption. The fact is that the companies that manufacture cars test their engines in the laboratory in special stands, which certainly affects the results. And it just turns out that this characteristic of greed is “a little” underestimated.
That’s why the autospruce.com portal specialists conducted an online survey, which lasted 10 months. Only car owners from the crossover segment participated in the survey. And already based on that, the rankings are made of the most economical crosses in various countries. And since the information is received by the owner in real road conditions, this means that it is the most reliable.